The Music Gallery has a new home at 918 Bathurst

After putting on the X Avant festival at the Annex venue in October, the creative music centre is making the partnership official


In April, we reported that, after 17 years at the Church of St. George the Martyr, the Music Gallery was being displaced by construction of a nearby condo development. The non-profit centre for genre-defying music has since been booking shows in other locations, and presented the majority of its annual X Avant Festival at the 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture & The Arts in October.

That partnership is now official. Though they’ll be keeping their office at St. George The Martyr, the Music Gallery will make 918 Bathurst its indefinite home base for programming, while also booking occasional events at other spaces.

But the news is more than just a new venue in the Annex.

“[This] is an exciting new chapter in Music Gallery history,” says director David Dacks. “It’s the first time we’ve had a partnership with a venue hosting us.”

“Already their social media support and willingness to work together in building community has been gratifying. It’s closer to where our audience lives, has a similar vibe and acoustics, plus it offers greater capacity in more modern facilities.”

Dacks says the programming won’t face any major changes, though the diversity of spaces at the roomier “arts and culture sanctuary” offers them opportunities for more “intensive” ideas similar to the Toronto Creative Music Lab.

The letter of agreement covers the first six months of 2018, with an understanding to refine the partnership during that time. Both the Music Gallery and 918 will be presenting their own original programming in the space, but Dacks says they’re already talking about collaborations. “We are also committed to improving the accessibility of the venue.”

See listings for upcoming 918 Bathurst/Music Gallery shows.

richardt@nowtoronto.com | @trapunski

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